Jané’s ‘almost human’ crash test dummies are a ‘breakthrough in child car seat safety’

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Car seat manufacturer Jané has announced the arrival of a family of ‘almost human’ crash test dummies at their crash test research centre - marking a significant breakthrough in car seat safety.

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'The same tough rules that car designers apply to ensure safety of occupants must also be applied to the design of child safety seats.'

Car seat manufacturer Jané has announced the arrival of a family of ‘almost human’ crash test dummies at their crash test research centre - marking a significant breakthrough in car seat safety.

Jané (pronounced ‘Han-ay’) is one of the first companies in the industry to start using these high-tech dummies.

Known as the ‘Q Series’, the dummies closely resemble real children and are much more life-like than conventional dummy models. They have clavicles, ribs, pelvis and vertebrae and each member of the family is also fitted with 32 unique sensors spread out over the body.

This means that Jané safety experts will now have the opportunity to more accurately measure, through crash tests, damage and injury in the event of whiplash, seat belt tension, side impacts and vertical displacement.

The information from these crash tests will be used to develop car seats that offer unprecedented levels of safety for babies and children.

The dummy family, which is one of the most advanced in the industry, comprises a new-born, know as Q1; a one-and-a-half year old called Q1.5; a 3 year-old called Q3; a 6 year-old called Q6 and Q10 who is a ten year-old.

They have the same size and weight as the children of the age group they represent (which is know as bio fidelity), and the movements and reactions of the dummy are as similar as possible to those of a real child (this is known as anthropomorphism).

This research innovation comes as Jané celebrates the 10th anniversary of its world-leading privately owned crash test centre in Barcelona, one of the most advanced facilities of its kind in Europe. Car seats face the toughest of tests at speeds of 65km/hr in 1.7 seconds with acceleration similar to that of a formula one car.

Safety experts at Jané believe that the same tough rules that car designers apply to ensure the safety of occupants must also be applied to the design of child safety seats.

David McCullough, the UK and Ireland distributor of Jané, says the Q family will advance the company’s exceptional safety record. He said: “Jané takes child safety seriously and the introduction of the Q dummy family marks a significant financial investment for Jané. The Crash test facilities are exceptional with new software providing the accurate data needed for safety innovation.

“Jané car seats are the most tested in the world and the company is using the information they are gathering to ensure all their car seats are the safest on the market.”

The Q series of dummies are individually tested using the same forces that a car would receive in a crash situation.

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For more information contact Fiona McMullan at Johnston Prams and Buggies Ltd., Tel: +44 (O)28 9084 9045 Ext 209 or email fiona(at)johnstonprams(dot)co(dot)uk

Our experts are happy to speak to the media about all aspects of car seat safety and pushchair innovation.

Notes to Editors
Johnston Prams and Buggies Ltd. is the official UK and Ireland distributor for the Jané brand.

The Jané company was formed in Barcelona in 1932 and boasts over 80 years of experience in the pram and nursery industry. The company is committed to developing revolutionary patented products that put child health and safety first and has its own state-of-the-art car seat crash test research centre. Innovation, style and quality ensure that Jané is the choice of parents who are committed to buying the best for their baby.

For more information visit http://www.johnstonprams.co.uk

Jané’s quality, safety and innovation have been recognised down through the years and the company has won a plethora of prestigious industry awards.

Jané car seats can be tested up to 250 times before being put on the market.

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